We got a big Tripp-Lite SmartOnline UPS in a while ago. Turns out the official Linux support for it is only in Fedora and OpenSUSE. I tried converting the .rpm packages of their management software and ran into the following problems:
Code:
error: cannot open Packages database in /home/jamie/.rpmdb
Tried creating the folder and got:

Code:
error: cannot open Packages database in /home/jamie/.rpmdb
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 - No such file or directory (2)
So no go. It's 64-bit Ubuntu 10.10 and the RPMs are 32-bit. (And I have no idea if the PowerAlert tools will run sans GUI on the servers it will be powering anyway.)

Anyone know what's wrong with Alien? I downloaded it from apt and as far as I can tell all the dependencies are in place.

Anyone have experience getting PowerAlert to run on Ubuntu? I called their tech support and got the company line, no help there.

I will try nut next, but I'm pesimistic - it had driver issues with the smaller Cyberpower UPSes that the workstations are running on (but Cyberpower at least has working .deb binaries!).